Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 3/7/2013

Weekly Link 3-7-13

UPDATE – PEACE FIRST CANCELLED TONIGHT – We’ve reconsidered and feel that roads in Milton and surrounding areas are in fact not safe. Please stay warm tonight, maybe lend a neighbor a hand with shoveling, and send good thoughts and prayers to everyone working to clear the roads!

This Week in Worship & Religious Education

Sunday, March 10
No Greater Miracle
Rev. Parisa Parsa

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each others eyes for an instant?” wrote Henry David Thoreau. This morning we will explore and celebrate the miracle of healing in community. Special guest musicians Luminaria* and recognition of the great ministry done by our Caring Committee will make this a day to remember!

*Luminaria is a women’s a capella singing group founded out of our own small group ministry program, dedicated to performing for people too ill to attend a live musical performance. They are making an exception to share their talent with us this SUNDAY.

Religious Education

Spirit Play I and II (ages 3-6) will meet in their classrooms downstairs where they will hear “The Parable of the Great Pearl” (I) and “The Mystery of God” (II).

Passages (2nd grade) will meet in the third classroom downstairs to continue exploring the third UU principle: acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.

Small Group Ministries (grades 3-6) will begin in the meetinghouse before being dismissed to their classes.
Neighboring Faiths (7th grade) will meet in the parlor.

Young Adult Brunch

Sunday, March 24

Young adults (18-35) are invited to join an informal brunch gathering on March 24th. Join us after church at Sweet Life (2243 Dorchester Ave.) for good food, conversation, laughter, and community building.

Peace First workshop series

Fridays, March 8 and March 15, 7-8:30 pm

Participants have been raving about how awesome the first of Rev. Eric Dawson’s three sessions were. There are two sessions left, and you won’t want to miss them! Strengthen your communication, conflict resolution, and cooperation skills, while connecting with others at First Parish through games, role-playing, and the arts. All ages welcome!

Events and News

Staffing Update

We are pleased to announce that we have a new Administrative Assistant! Please give Miriam Febres a warm welcome as she begins her half-time schedule at First Parish this Sunday, March 3!

Peace First workshop series

Fridays, March 8, March 15, 7-8:30 pm

Interested in strengthening your communication, conflict resolution, and cooperation skills? Looking to connect with others at First Parish through games, role-playing, and the arts? Wondering what Rev. Eric Dawson’s peace ministry is all about? Eric will be leading 3 inter-generational workshops (truly for ALL ages) on peacemaking. Building on 20 years of teaching Peace First, these sessions will focus on the critical skills of peacemaking, community-building, and having fun. Please come and feel free to invite friends and family beyond First Parish. Questions? Contact Eric at


Are you interested in becoming a member of First Parish?

We will be welcoming and celebrating new members during a service in March, and we hope that all who attend services, social events, and spiritual development programs will consider making their membership official at this time. If you are interested, please contact Jamez Terry at and plan to attend the sessions listed below.

Living Unitarian Universalism at First Parish

Wednesday, March 13, 7-9 pm in the Parish Hall

This session will provide an introduction to First Parish and to the meaning of membership here. How does the church operate? What resources and programs are available to you? How can you contribute to the life of the church? How is First Parish contributing to the wider community? Learn the answers to all of these questions, and ask some of your own.

Farewell and Thank You Party for Bill Macmillan

Sunday, March 10th @ 5pm at the Najarians’ home. See the updated Evite for further details.

The Chocolate Auction will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17th immediately following worship in the Parish Hall. Please bring your chocolate goodies to auction, and/or your spirit ready to purchase delectable items – all to benefit Milton Interfaith Refugee Assistance!

Anne Lamott Is Coming to Bedford!

Monday, April 8 at 7:30pm

Anne Lamott, author and memoirist, will read from Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers, her newest book about the simplicity and power of prayer, followed by a book signing.

The only Boston stop on her book tour!

First Parish on the Common in Bedford
75 The Great Road, Bedford, Ma • fully accessible
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Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Meetinghouse Choir Rehearsal, 8:45am in the Parish Hall
Silent Prayer & Meditation, 9:00am in the Children’s Church

Please consider volunteering for important Sunday worship positions like ushering, hosting social hour, providing flowers for worship, and lighting the chalice.